Surgeons at the Erasmus Medical Center and the Reinier de Graaf Group have set up a competition. Assistent-surgeons of different hospitals specialized in medical education and equipped with a "virtual reality simulator" are invited to participate.
A computer keeps the score of all participants. The results are stored in a central data base. The competition will take until 15 February 2007.
When performing endoscopic procedures, the surgeon inserts instruments and a minicamera inside the patient's body without cutting. The surgeon is able to follow his/her every movement on a monitor. According to the Erasmus Medical Center, the technology is very adequate for training with virtual reality simulation. The simulator has been co-developed with the Technical University of Delft. For the first time, surgeons are able to measure themselves with one another in such a way.
This article has been translated and reprinted from the Automatisering Gids.